From the Ground Up: How to Start a Landscaping Business

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Jan 2, 2019

Jan 2, 2019 • by Rebecca Smith

Being outdoors and taking care of nature can be a very therapeutic and rewarding job for many. In fact, studies have found that working in nature helps to reduce stress and improve your health. 

If you've had a hard time finding a landscaping job, it can get you down. But one of the best things you can do for yourself is start up your own landscaping business. 

Landscaping businesses in the US generated over $93 billion in 2018 alone. This means that starting your own could be a very profitable venture. Read on to find out how you can start your own landscaping business and become your own boss.

1. Understand the Business

Before you can start your new business, you first need to understand what kind of business you'll have. There are a few different kinds of landscaping businesses and you need to decide what yours will be.

Do you want to set up a lawn care business? Is insect control something you want to offer, or is topiary more your thing? Will you be working in a commercial or residential sector?

Whatever you offer, you need to know all about everything the job entails. You need the right skills and tools for the job and offer the things you're good at.

2. Get the Right Licensing 

Landscaping isn't a business you can start doing on a whim, you need to make sure you have the proper licensing to do it. Sure, in many states you don't need to have a landscaping license, but some do and you need to make sure.

States like Oregon need you to have a license to practice as a landscaper. In New York and New Jersey, you need to have a home improvement contractor's license to be a landscaper. If you want to sell plants, in Colorado you would need a state nursery license. 

Each state has differing laws depending on what you'll be doing as a landscaper. Everything from spraying pesticides to irrigation and dumping may need a license. Make sure you know what you need so you don't break the law.

3. Form a Business Plan

A business plan is key for any new venture and you'll need to make a good one for your landscaping business. First, you need enough finances to start your business and sort out your taxes.

Set up your business as an LLC or register as a sole trader. An LLC will limit your liability in the event someone tries to sue your company. As for finances, if you don't have enough you may need to get a business loan from the bank.

You business plan should define your business goals and realistic steps to get there. A good business plan will help you get on the path to success.

4. Get Insurance

When it comes to starting any new business, you need to have the right insurance. You'll need to get public liability insurance in the case of injury or damage to others. 

Plan on bringing in employees for your landscaping business? Then you will also need to get employer's liability insurance. It's against the law not to have this and you will be fined if you don't. 

5. Market Yourself

Once you've done the legal stuff, the only thing left to do is to get some customers! This means that you need to market your business like crazy. 

You need to make sure that people know they need your services. One of the main things clients look for is good prices and good services. There are other factors that you can learn more about here. 

Hit up social media and advertise your services. Get in touch with locals who may need your services. You don't need a huge marketing budget, these are free and they work great. 

Starting a Landscaping Business Could Be the Best Thing You Ever Do

Starting up your own landscaping business could be the best thing you ever do for your career. You get to become your own boss, choose your own schedule, and be outdoors! Once you've sorted the legal stuff, you could make a lot of money and enjoy the freedom of being in nature for a living.

Looking to start going freelance? Check out some of the best work from home jobs to get inspired!